CODE OF CONDUCT
Cunningham Tennis is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its clients and believes that it is important that clients, coaches, administrators and parents/guardians should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.
Clients are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have with our management team.
At Cunningham Tennis clients are expected to abide by the following code of practice:
ALL PLAYERS MUST:
Avoid abusive language, gestures, or aggressive behavior. Such behavior may result in the offender being banned from club activities.
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
Wear sneakers on the tennis court.
Keep the courts and clubhouse clean; trash and other personal belongings should not be left on the court or the floor of the clubhouse.
Please review all items that you bring with you to the club and bring home. All unclaimed items will be donated after the end of each month. Cunningham Tennis assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items at any time. Please leave expensive items at home.
Eat food in the clubhouse and not on the court.
Avoid walking on a court when players are in the middle of a point; wait patiently until a point is finished before entering on an occupied court.
Stay conscious of court time; please make sure to wrap up and be ready to exit the court at the end of your assigned time.
Respect court equipment; equipment is not cheap, please use equipment for its intended purpose only.
Keep an eye on young children when bringing them on the court to avoid any accidents.
Play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS SHOULD:
Encourage their child to learn the rules of tennis and play within them.
Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
Help their child to recognize positive performance, not just results.
Never force their child to take part in sport.
Set a good example by recognizing fair play and applauding the good performances of all players.
Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes during tennis.
Publicly accept judgments made by officials.
Support their child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
Use correct and proper language at all times.
Allow their child to play in the progression stage that is appropriate to them. This will ensure they enjoy playing the game, develop their skills and gain confidence.
Purchase balls and rackets that match the stage their child is in
Be patient. Steady progression is unusual in children; peaks and plateaus are common
Parents’ first question following any match should be: ‘Did you enjoy it?’ not ‘Did you win?’
At no stage should parents communicate with their child or interfere with the on-court helpers and referees during a match – just enjoy the game and let officials take care of the rules!